Lesson 10

The Master Designer

(Genesis 1:26, Psalms 19:1-9, 1 Corinthians 12:18)
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Introduction: These days we have designer clothes, designer homes and designer cars. Some make a big point of having the name of the designer emblazoned on their clothes. Are man and the creation "designer label" or an accident? Is the name of our Master Designer emblazoned on His work? Let's dig in and explore that concept together!

  1. DESIGN OR ACCIDENT


    1. Imagine that you have just bought a new car. Would you grill the salesman "Are you sure this came off the production line and was not the result of an explosion or other accident in the parts room?"


      1. I have purchased some new cars that came with defects, but I have never purchased a car where I thought the whole thing came together by chance!


      2. How complex are you compared to your car?


      3. What kind of logic would conclude that you came together by chance, but your car did not?


    2. What does the Bible claim for us: design or chance? (Read Genesis 1:26)


      1. What do you think it means to be created in the image and likeness of God?


        1. Didn't Moses just describe God as a spirit ( Genesis 1:2)? How are you like a spirit?


        2. What do you think God intended to reveal to us when He said we are in His image and His likeness? Why repeat two words that seem so similar? (Barnes' commentary on this text says that "image" refers to outward appearance, even if the material is different. "Likeness" refers to a resemblance of any qualify - here a spiritual conformity to God.)


          1. What do you think about Barnes' suggestion?


        3. Do you ever say that you want to become "more like Jesus?" What do you mean by that?


        4. Read Colossians 3:9-10 and Ephesians 4:22-24. What does it mean to be like God in these texts? (Colossians tells us that the "image" of the Creator refers to knowledge. Ephesians says that being like God is a matter of a righteous and holy attitude.)


        5. Do these texts suggest God had a design for our physical and mental being?


        6. If you believed that you were created by accident, what impact would that have your belief that God has a spiritual plan for your life?


          1. Could the two be reconciled? God created your mind and your body came together by accident?


    3. Do you prefer designer label clothing over generic clothing? Do you prefer name-brand products over generic products?


      1. Why is that?


      2. When people have the opportunity to claim that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was their designer, why would they prefer to claim they were accidents of nature?


    4. Could you imagine a hill of sand evolving? Could you imagine a working light bulb evolving?


      1. Why do you say "yes" to one and "no" to the other? (Our lesson (Tuesday) has a wonderful point it derives from a Harvard Divinity School article written by John T. Baldwin. It says, "[t]he human body is composed of infinitely much more complex and interdependent systems such as the blood-clotting system, immune system,[and] circulatory system. This indicates the biological impossibility of forming these systems by countless, small, slow accumulative steps .... Nonfunctioning intermediate steps would have no selective value, and so would not be preserved by natural selection." You could slowly accumulate a pile of sand. But for a light bulb to work, it would all have to work at once.)


  2. THE LABEL IN THE SKY


    1. Read Psalms 19:1-6. What does the Psalmist claim about God's designer label and the skies? (He says they proclaim the "work of His hands." His label is written in the skies.)


      1. How does the sky do that?


      2. What is the speech (v.2) that they pour forth?


      3. How do they (v.2) display knowledge?


      4. Do you have to know English to be able to read God's designer label in the sky? (Verse 3 tells us that God's label is written in a universal language.)


      5. Verse 5 compares the sun to a bridegroom or a champion. What about the sun is like a bridegroom or a champion? (A bridegroom is generally young, strong and at the peak of his life. He has plans and ambitions. He works hard to accomplish those plans. Likewise, the sun charges out of the dark in the East and runs its powerful path to the West.)


        1. Can you imagine an irregular, unguided or unreliable sun? ("Sorry, no light today, the sun was tired and forgot to rise." "Global warming picked up new converts today after the moon ran into the earth causing the earth to enter an erratic orbit bringing Florida much closer to the sun. Temperatures approached 400 degrees in the shade." This is all laughable because we are used to absolute order and precision in the orbit of the earth around the sun.)


    2. Read Psalms 19:7-9. Why do you think these verses follow those describing how the heavens declare God's glory? Does this make any logical sense to you?(The Psalmist is telling us that if God could order the heavens, He certainly knows how to direct our lives. Whenever I am tempted to believe that God is not real I always go back to the creation to shore up my belief in a Master Designer.)


  3. THE LABEL UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL


    1. Read 1 Corinthians 12:18. What do you think about the way God made our bodies?


      1. Can you think of a way to improve the design?


      2. When you buy a car there are all of these aftermarket accessories you can buy to improve your purchase.


        1. Do we have any of those for healthy bodies? (Running shoes?)


        2. If man cannot think of any substantial improvement for the human body, how could you reasonably conclude the body came together by accident as opposed to design?


    2. Read Psalms 139:13-16. Did God create a system by which we are made? Or does David suggest that God's hand was still personally "on the throttle" in your creation? (David not only states God is the Creator, but David reveals that God has the same personal touch that He used for Adam and Eve!)


      1. How does that make you feel? Very Special?


      2. What does that say about interrupting God's creation? (It would seem a lot like stomping on the flowers as God created them during Creation week. It is not something I would do in light of who He is and who I am.)


    3. Friend, if you enjoy the status of wearing designer label clothing, consider how much better you would feel knowing that the Creator of the Universe, the Master Designer, not only created mankind, He took a personal interest in creating you! Are you as anxious to reveal your relationship with you Maker as you are to reveal the label on your clothing?


  4. NEXT WEEK: GOD'S POWER IN NATURE

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